No Special Treatment


As a pastor with two kids there can be challenges.  There are times one will throw into conversation, “My Dad runs this place.”  Now, I have never encouraged this type of attitude.  I will admit I used this line of thinking as far as it would take ME as a pastor’s kid.  I tried to leverage all I could in those days in order to get my way.  It must be in the nature of a child to do so!  Using this kind of statement raises the question of whether or not my kids get a “pass” on certain rules and restrictions that other kids do not.  Dulcie and I have tried to consistently treat our children like any other church kids about getting a “pass”.  I get on to them as much, probably more, than other kids!  I don’t think they get a special pass.  If they make the right choices then they earn the privileges.  It doesn’t diminish my love for them.  However there are certain rules and processes that all must adhere to and they are the same.

30 What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness —namely the righteousness that comes from faith. 31 But Israel, pursuing the law for righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. 32 Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: Look! I am putting a stone in • Zion to stumble over and a rock to trip over, yet the one who believes on Him will not be put to shame.

As I read this passage it reminded me that no one gets special treatment.  Paul recalls his time under the Law and now his life under grace.  He recognizes that the Law can lead you to Jesus but cannot provide righteousness on its own.  The law is designed to reveal our faults which are many.  The law does not provide the solution.  The Jew that remains under the Law and refuses Jesus Christ does not get special treatment.  Jesus fulfilled the Law and Prophets.

For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all when He offered Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever.

Jesus provided a new covenant in His blood.  By new, it means the old has been put away and replaced.  Because humanity (Israel) broke the covenant there needed to be a new one.  Jesus came that we may have life (John 10:10).  Jesus said He is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)  No one gets to God/Heaven outside of Jesus.  There is no special pass.  There is no special treatment.  The Jewish people do not get in by virtue of heritage.

No one gets special treatment.  If you want forgiveness it come through faith in Jesus.  If you want access to Heaven it comes through faith in Jesus.  No passes.  No special groups.  No other way but Jesus.

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